Teacher training to focus on new statewide standards in mathematics education

Public school teachers in Beaufort, Pitt and Hyde County will attend a professional development program on newly adopted state standards for mathematics education, June 20-23 at the Beaufort County Educational Technology Center in Washington, N.C.

The program is designed to help teachers understand and incorporate new common core requirements for mathematics that will apply to all North Carolina K-12 classrooms beginning in the 2012-13 academic year.  It was developed through a collaboration between nine teacher leaders and the Beaufort County School System, along with East Carolina University’s Department of Mathematics; Center for Science, Mathematics and Technology Education; and Department of Mathematics, Science and Instructional Technology Education.

The Common Core for State Standards in Mathematics requirements were adopted after research showed inadequacies in mathematic achievement in the United States. The core materials define what students should understand and be able to do in mathematics at each grade level. The guidelines also address performance in areas such as problem-solving, reasoning, argumentation, application to real life and strategic use of available mathematic tools.

Teachers will need to update their skill sets to incorporate the new standards, and this training should help them do that. Through funding from NC Quest Cycle VIII, more than 25 teachers will participate in the program.

Sessions will include hands-on activities at different grade levels in data and measurement, numbers, algebra and geometry. Teachers who complete the program should leave with materials they can use in the next school year.

For additional information about the professional development program, contact Roger Conner at 252-328-6922 or e-mail connerr@ecu.edu. For more details on the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics, visit http://www.ncpublicschools.org/acre/standards/new-standards/.

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90-year-old ECU alumnus setting triathlon records

Charlie Futrell

Image courtesy of Growing Bolder, http://growingbolder.com/media/uncategorized/charlie-futrell-6995.html

Charlie Futrell, an ECU football and baseball player from 1938 to 1941 and an ECU sports hall of famer, is featured in an Orlando Sentinel story about his record-setting triathlon activities. Futrell is believed to be the oldest person to finish a USA Triathlon-sanctioned race. Read more at Orlando Sentinel…
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ECU alumna retires from National Portrait Gallery

Members of the ECU Women’s Roundtable who celebrated the retirement of ECU alumna and Women’s Roundtable member Beverly Cox included front row, left to right, Carolyn Breedlove, Nancy Ballard, Cox, Mary Plybon; and back row, left to right, Marcy Romary, Angela Allen and Sylvia Rohrbough.

East Carolina University alumna Beverly Cox celebrated her retirement after 43 years with the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. this month, and several fellow Pirates were there to share in the festivities.

Cox retired as director of exhibitions and collections management at the gallery, where she was responsible for exhibition programs as well as the care and housing of 20,000 works of art. She has managed the organization of more than 300 exhibits and is the author of several exhibition catalogues.

Cox joined the National Portrait Gallery in 1968 when it opened to the public, just after her graduation in 1967 from the ECU School of Art. She acquired her first position at the gallery by walking into the personnel office without an appointment and asking if any jobs were open. They hired her on the spot as a temporary assistant in the history department.

Cox shared this and other experiences working for the museum in an interview with Washington Post writer Erin Williams. The full interview is available at  http://ow.ly/5iC1z.

Joining a surprise celebration in Cox’s honor were members of the ECU Women’s Roundtable, created in 2003 to acknowledge the contribution of outstanding women to the legacy of East Carolina University. Cox was both a member and a WRT honoree, selected as one of “100 Incredible Women” by the organization in 2007.

WRT members who traveled to D.C. to attend the retirement reception included Nancy Ballard, wife of ECU chancellor Steve Ballard; Mary Plybon, a 1971 ECU graduate and chair of the WRT board of directors; and Marcy Romary, senior major gifts officer and director of women’s philanthropy at ECU. Also in attendance were Angela Allen, 1981 ECU graduate, now vice president of IBM Global Business Services and a WRT board member; Carolyn Breedlove, a 1970 ECU graduate and WRT member who manages the National Education Association’s Green Across America; and Sylvia Rohrbough , a WRT board member and 1959 ECU alumna.

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Lifelong Learning Program summer class examines Kerouac, Beat Generation

Alex Albright

East Carolina University’s Lifelong Learning Program will present “Satori in Rocky Mount: Jack Kerouac’s Carolina Road,” a class on the Beat Generation and Jack Kerouac’s role in it, June 21 in Braswell Library, Rocky Mount.

ECU English professor Alex Albright will lead the class, focusing particular attention to 1947 through 1956, when Kerourac was in North Carolina. Students will visit houses from Kerouac’s novels, “The Dharma Bums,” set partially in Rocky Mount and “On the Road,” in which a fictional town depicts Rocky Mount. Students are encouraged to read both novels in advance to better appreciate the class. A library exhibit on Rocky Mount’s history will include samples of Kerouac’s correspondence, in his own handwriting or from his typewriter.

Albright is director of creative writing in ECU’s English Department, where he has taught since 1981. He has published numerous articles on Kerouac, especially his time spent in North Carolina, and has taught honors courses on the Beat Generation.

Students will depart for the class from the Willis Building at First and Reade streets in Greenville.  Class is scheduled from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m. The program fee, including transportation and snacks, is $25 for Lifelong Learning Program members and $45 for non-members. Registrations by June 20 will be accepted on a space-available basis.

The Lifelong Learning Program is an outreach program for adults 50 and older who enjoy learning in a relaxed atmosphere. Additional summer classes include Pilobolus and More, June 30 and an Art Appreciation Tour of the North Carolina Museum of Art, July 20.

For additional details about the program or to register, call the Office of Continuing Studies at (252) 328-9198 or visit http://www.llp.ecu.edu.

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Grant supports digital access project at Joyner Library

The State Library Division of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources announced today an award of $104,719 to Joyner Library at East Carolina University for the third year of the “Ensuring Democracy Through Digital Access Project.”

One of 123 projects selected, the Joyner Library project provides online access to 360,000 pages of historical materials offering a view of the state’s development in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

The funding was made possible through a Library Services and Technology Act grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, a federal grant-making agency.

North Carolina is one of no more than 10 states that disseminate at least 50% of federal library funds through competitive grants to local libraries. The remaining 50% of the funding is directed to statewide programs and resources that benefit all libraries, such as the popular “NCpedia.”

In spite of a reduction of 14% of federal funds in 2010-11, North Carolina’s State Library continued this program.

“Federal grants awarded by the State Library to public, academic, school and community college libraries are critical during this time when libraries across the state are pinched for dollars, facing shrinking budgets but increased demand,” said State Librarian Mary Boone.

A complete list of awards is available at  http://statelibrary.ncdcr.gov/lsta/AwardsList11-12.htm.

 

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